United Way's Board of Directors and Campaign Chair Janette Labbee-Holdeman thank every citizen, employee and company for their donation to help Leavenworth County residents, raising $350,000 for this year, to benefit 20 non-profit organizations and many others who receive funds through United Way.
Your generous support will help nearly 12,000 people in 2013 by strategically funding programs in education, income and health at more than 20 local agencies.
Although we were ambitious with this year's campaign goal, Campaign Chair Janette Labbee-Holdeman emphasized the $350,000 in donations for our community is massive and meaningful.
"In times of uncertainty, we are very grateful for all the contributions we have received to help the less fortunate in our communities. You can be assured that the United Way of Leavenworth County will do everything possible to stretch your contributions to the maximum, and will find ways to support our agencies throughout 2013," she said.
Historically a key strategy for our local United Way Campaign has been the Payroll Deduction Plan, where employees pledge a portion of their paychecks for the coming year. This year's results highlighted this year's challenge – getting more from less. Although the employee count of many of our corporate donors decreased, many of these organizations showed increased participation and donations.
A dramatic example of this is that Leavenworth County employees' giving increased 300 percent over last year. First State Bank and Trust in Basehor and Frontier Community Credit Union each had 100 percent employee participation. Also, companies added contributions though creative "in-house" fundraisers. Employees at the Kansas City Kansas Community College popped corn and sold hot dogs to students to achieve their goal.
These employee campaigns and many others will be recognized at our annual meeting on April 10. However, donations to the Combined Federal Campaign (comprised of employees of federal governmental agencies and which contributes greatly to the local campaign) were down this year, due to shrinking numbers at federal institutions and other factors. However, VA Medical Center employee giving was increased.
Another important source for funds comes from our residents throughout Leavenworth County, who gave 38 percent more than last year! While many of these donors are retired they join in United Way's efforts to improve the future.
These funds will mean a child will be able to get mentoring and tutoring, a family left homeless after a house fire will have a place to lay their heads at night, a veteran will have a place to help him get his life back on track, a battered family will have a place to heal. It is very heart-warming to receive donations from hardworking, compassionate and generous citizens. I'm continually awed by the stories I hear from our Corporate Campaign Leaders of how employees respond to the great need and open their pocketbooks. I'm also very optimistic that this spirit is contagious, and will continue to grow as people realize the impact that the United Way makes to Leavenworth County.
Page 2 of 2 - The "Together" theme applies so much to our non-profits who provide education support, health care and basic needs. They work together and communicate closely throughout the county to serve the needs of our citizens. They provide a "hand-up" not a hand-out. They also understand and appreciate the support of the community. Individuals in our community have been quietly donating to United Way for many, many years. You do not wish to be acknowledged, but you are truly appreciated.
We appreciate your donation to United Way. 100 percent of all individual donations designated to United Way's member organizations goes into the community and is not used for United Way administrative expense. You can still donate for this campaign online at www.unitedwaylvco.org, or call Nancy or Sheila at 913-682-2592. Our mailing address is PO Box 21, Leavenworth KS 66048. Truly, Together our Star Shines Brighter. Thank you for your support!
Nancy Bauder is the executive director of the United Way of Leavenworth County.